"The words of the apology need to be backed by action. The most appropriate course would be for the family to fund an educational initiative telling the history of slavery and how it impacts on communities today, in terms of racism and fractured relationships."
While this put Christians’ rosaries in a tangle, atheists had their own piece of startling news. Dawkins admitted on his blog to having an “unbroken line of six generations of Anglican clergymen” in his ancestry. The disappointing truth that Dawkins is a “mudblood” was only intensified by recent rumors that he is related to unicellular organisms.
However, there is a silver lining to this upsetting story. If we look far enough back, every theist has evolved from a common atheist ancestor. Perhaps liberal Christians can consider this "original sin". Still, it's hard to understand why a god would reveal himself to his creation a few thousand years before they would be capable of verifying his supposed miracles - but that point can be saved for another time. On a more serious note, figures throughout history have used family lineage to establish social hierarchies, and support racism - but today, through an understanding of evolution, we can find a basis for equality in common ancestry. A few years ago I read Darwin's Sacred Cause, which suggests the man was so passionate about his findings because he believed the idea of shared descent could end slavery.
Although it would have been nice for Dawkins to have the decency to be born through abiogenesis (leads to some interesting discussion) - and skip out on the sins of his forefathers - we have to face that he's only human, and Christian reporters have slow news days like the rest of us.